Getting ready to apply - 9 things you can do now

Published 3 September 2021
By Get Into Teaching

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Applications for teacher training courses starting in 2022 open on 12 October, but there is plenty you can be doing right now to get ready.

1. Check your eligibility

Before you apply for teacher training you’ll need to make sure you’re eligible. Although different training providers may have specific recruitment criteria, there are some basic eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to become a teacher in England. Check your eligibility.

2. Get personalised guidance to your inbox

Get one step closer to the classroom with guidance tailored to you, including how to get:

  • a taste of teaching
  • funding to train
  • one-to-one support
  • advice from trainees or newly qualified teachers

Sign up.

3. Get a Teacher Training Adviser

An experienced teaching professional can help if you’re ready to get into teaching or if you’re returning to teaching and qualified to teach maths, physics or languages.

Get an adviser.

4. Research training courses

From 5 October 2021, search for training courses by using the Department for Education’s Find postgraduate teacher training service. You can search by location, training provider and subject to find the course best suited to you.

5. Reflect on (or get some) school experience

Demonstrating how any voluntary time you have spent in school has shaped your view of teaching is vital to a good application. If you haven’t managed to get some time in a school yet, some schools are offering the opportunity for candidates to undertake school experience both in school and virtually. You can search for schools and apply using our Get School Experience service.

6. Start lining up your references

You’ll need a couple of referees to provide references for your application. Now is a good time to start approaching people who might be able to provide these for you. Getting references in place is one of the most common causes of delay in the application process, so any preparation you can do now could speed things up considerably when you make your application.

7. Engage with the world of schools and teaching

Something that many teacher trainer providers will be looking for in an application or interview is an understanding of current issues and thinking in teaching. It’s worth following other teachers and education media outlets like Schools Week and TES on social media. Teachers are very active on Twitter and share lots of helpful insights, tips and resources. You will soon find your own favourites, but we’d suggest looking at ITTchat or Teacher Toolkit to get started.

8. Get some advice at an event

Our Train to Teach events will provide you with a wealth of information and help you turn questions to confidence on your journey to the classroom. At some of our Train to Teach events you can meet a whole range of local training providers; at others you’ll have the chance to put your questions to a panel of experts. Some events are in person and others replicate the experience online. Book your place.

9. Join our support networks on social media

Our Facebook groups for aspiring teachers and people thinking of a career change to teaching offer a really friendly, supportive place to connect with other people applying for teacher training and ask any questions you might have. Our Teacher Training Advisers are also on hand to give expert advice.